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Amílcar Vasques-Dias was born in Badim, a village in the north of Portugal, in 1945, and completed his advanced Piano and Composition studies with Maria de Lurdes Ribeiro and Cândido Lima, respectively, at the Oporto and Braga Conservatories.

With scholarships from the Gulbenkian Foundation and the Portuguese Ministry of Culture he studied instrumental composition with Louis Andriessen, Peter Schat and Van Vlijmen, and electroacoustics with Dick Raaijmakers and Van Bergeijk at the Royal Music Conservatory of The Hague, in Holland, where he lived fourteen years and developed his career as a pianist and composer. During that time, he received commissions from the Dutch Ministry of Culture, the dutch Amsterdam's Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Musical Creation, De Volharding Foundation, and from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.
   
He has composed pieces covering instrumental/vocal chamber music and electroacoustic music, brass and accordeon orchestra music, a cappella and accompanied choir music, multimedia works, music for film and theater, and traditional portuguese music arrangements. 
As a pianist he interprets his music and uses improvisation as a means of expression.
 
Some of his works have been published by Donemus - Amsterdam, and by Musicoteca - Edições de Música Lda., Lisbon. In Portugal, some of his chamber pieces are recorded in different CDs. The dutch orchestras De Volharding and De Oerkest have recorded some of his music. His music is also played regularly in Europe and America, namely at musical festivals such as: Fundação Gulbenkian (Lisbon), June in Buffalo (USA), Cantigas do Maio (Seixal, Portugal), S.Paulo (Brasil), the Astrakhan Chamber Music Festival (Russia), the Manchester Music Festival (UK) and the Capuchos Music Festival (CCB, Lisbon).
 
Besides being an active and busy performer, he develops an intensive activity as a pedagogue and he was Professor of Music at the University of Évora (Portugal) from November 1996 till August 2010.